CFA pledges support for HSE health & safety Common Strategy 2016-2021

CFA has pledged its support for the food sector’s health and safety improvement objectives set out in the HSE’s Food & Drink Manufacture Forum’s (FDMF) Common Strategy 2016-2021.   The Objectives are to: Reduce the HSE RIDDOR-reportable ill-health and injury rate by 10% year-on-year (baseline 1/4/16) Manage musculoskeletal disorder risks including manual handling and upper limb disorders Have in place effective arrangements to manage slips and trips Have in place an effective occupational health management system CFA pledges: To commit CFA to working to help our industry achieve these objectives To promote the Common Strategy via our website, H&S committee […]

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Fresh produce safety and washing

All produce, whether from the garden or commercially grown, carry microorganisms from the environment. Safety is assured by applying Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) from the seed onward, Good Hygienic Practice (GHP) from harvest and handling and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) during preparation. Washing is essential to remove the soil and debris before consumption. Consequently, leafy salads sold as washed and ready to eat are thoroughly washed in water. The water is often chlorinated or treated with fruit acids to ensure that the leaves are as clean as possible and fit for immediate consumption without further washing. Prewashed prepared produce does […]

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CFA Leads Response to FSA Vacuum Packing/MAP Consultation

CFA has brought together a group of trade associations in response to the Food Standard Agency’s (FSA) amended guidance to the ’10 day rule’. In its response to the proposed amendment of the guidance, according to the group, threatens to compromise food safety and the viability of huge sectors of the food industry. What is the 10 day rule? The ’10-day rule’ is non-statutory UK guidance first published in 1992 and peculiar to the UK. It limits the shelf life of vacuum packed and MAP chilled foods to 10 days unless additional hurdles to the growth of non-proteolytic Clostridium botulinum […]

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